Melbourne 10 October 2013
Bar Nacional Launch Party in Collins Square, Melbourne Docklands
story; Renee Stah Photos; Anthony Licuria APL Photography
Celebrity chefs join forces to bring Spain to Melbourne at Bar Nacional.
Pete Evans, Australian Celebrity Chef and cookbook author has joined forces with American Chef Gavin Baker and Lang Walker of Walker Corporation to create a high quality lunch, dining, catering and ‘after work drink’ destination in Melbourne’s Collins Square. On Thursday 10th October, the chef duo officially opened Bar Nacional, the first restaurant to open in Collins Square, located at 727 Collins Street Docklands.
Bar Nacional is a Spanish Restaurant with an impressive menu and outdoor area perfect for summer. At the launch, the restaurant was filled with guests enjoying tapas and sangria all evening. Waiters gave detailed descriptions of each dish and guests were able to savour Bar Nacional flavours with gifts of marinated Spanish olives and bite size deserts to take home.
Clint Stanaway, Channel Nine’s Sports Journalist and local to Collins Square, loved the pork belly and was thrilled to see such a great restaurant so close to the studio. Dan Anstey from Nova enjoyed the selection of cold meats, and there wasn’t a guest at Bar Nacional that evening, who didn’t devour the delicious ice cream and cinnamon desert, which superbly finished off the event’s menu selection.
Gavin Baker and Pete Evans mingled with guests and foodies to discuss the menu and their upcoming projects. They proudly introduced their power team of chefs as the best in the business and Pete Evans shared that Collins Square will also be home to an Italian Restaurant called Chiara, another Evans/Baker/Walker project.
John Olsen, one of Australia’s most significant artists, painted the amazing piece ‘King Sun’ that is the feature of the Collins Square lobby and visible from Bar Nacional.
Collins Square is a multi million dollar mixed use commercial development that is surrounded by large corporate headquarters such as Myer and Channel Nine and is anticipated to become the heart of Melbourne City.
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